Friday, September 22, 2017

Power Poppy Wedding Hop
One of the most exciting events that we can celebrate is a wedding.   And boy, oh boy, is Marcella and Doug's wedding going to be one to top the charts.  They are both so genuine, creative, fun, happy, charming, delightful, free spirited, warm, welcoming, personable, kind, caring, tender, thoughtful, and empowering people!  Seriously, seeing these two together is a blessing in and of itself.  They truly complete each other and their thoughtfulness and love literally spills out onto all those who are fortunate enough to be in their presence at any given time.

The Power Poppy Design Teams are excited to help in their wedding celebration by putting on a blog hop of the most celebratory kind!!  WEDDING CARDS and sweet little congratulatory notes.  
Marcella and Doug!!  I am so happy for the both of you, and am excited to see what God has planned for you together!!!  LOVE ya bunches!!! for the card... I chose to use the Champagne bottle from Power Poppy's Dream Wedding set because, lets face it, Champagne represents celebration!  And Marcella is the most bubbly person I know!  In the absolute best ways possible!!!

I paper pieced the bottle using some watercolor paper that I colored using Distress Inks.  The wrapped top is gold paper, and the bow is vellum that I colored using Copic Markers.

I added Crystal Clear Glass Effect Gel (Viva Decor) dots to the background and sprinkled them with Dazzling Diamonds glitter (SU!)  After they dried, I diecut the image with an Outside In Stitched Scalloped Squares die by Lawn Fawn.  The Glitter dots were embossed right into the cardstock causing a really cool effect.  LOVE it.  I also added some sparkle to the Champagne bottle with a Quickie Glue Pen and glitter too.  One can never have enough sparkle...just sayin'...

Well...that about sums up my Power Poppy Project for today.  Be sure to visit all the Bloom Brigade and Instant Gardener Blogs.  You won't want to miss a stop, I assure you!!  And please, if you are inclined, stop by the Power Poppy Blog to share some sweet Wedding Wishes for Marcella and Doug!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
--- you are here

Jennifer Dove
Broni Holcombe
Cheryl Scrivens
Barb Walker
Nancy Sheads
Jessie Banks
Elizabeth Zaffarano

Thanks for visiting!!
  Happy Stamping!


StampsDream Wedding (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Watercolor, Gold, Vellum (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Dies:  Outside In Stitched Scalloped Square (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories:  Copics, Quickie Glue Pen, Crystal Clear Glass Effect Gel (Viva Decor), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (SU!) 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Merriest Berries in Pink ~ Power Poppy

Happy Friday!!!  I have a Blingy Power Poppy card to share with you today!  Boy did I go all glitter crazy!!!  I have a lot of vintage ornaments and many of them are pretty sparkly.  And pink is quite a Shabby Chic Christmas color.  So I thought, why not color up Power Poppy's new Merriest Berries digital image in pink?  Oh, yeah!!  I kind of wish I would have left the ribbon white.  I was going for a silver feel, but I went too dark.  *sigh*... but I colored it last, with this being my second attempt, and so...I left it as is.

I added Glossy Accents (Ranger) to the candy cane, and then added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter (SU!) to the ribbon, berries and mistletoe leaves while the candy cane was still wet so the glitter would adhere a bit to it too.  Lastly, I wanted the large holly leaves to be extra dramatic, so I added some glass glitter to them to really make them stand out.  I also added some glass glitter, randomly, to the scroll frame in the background.  

Here's a close-up so you can REALLY see all the sparkle.  I know...I got a bit carried away. But it's super fun irl! 

Copics: RV17, RV14, RV13, RV11, RV10, RV000, C5, C3, C1, C00

That about sums up my card for today!!  Be sure to stop by the following Bloom Brigade blogs for some more inspiration!!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker---you are here

So glad you dropped by!!  I hope you have a delightful weekend!!

Happy Stamping!

StampsMerriest Berries (Power Poppy Digital)
Paper:  Maja Design, X-Press It
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  Fleur De Square (Spellbinders), Outside In Stitched Scalloped Square Stackables (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories:  Copics, Ribbon, Rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (SU!), Quickie Glue Pen, Glass Glitter 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Masculine Short Stacks with Sassy Succulents ~ Power Poppy


Hello again!!  How has your week been?  My heart goes out to those suffering from flooding, or hurricane threats.  And the fires...well, we're getting the smoke from some, but we're not in any risk other than suffering from allergies because of the poor air quality.  So, I'm counting my blessings, and praying for those who are suffering right now.

I do have a masculine card to share with you today, that I created by combining two different Power Poppy Clear stamp sets:  Short Stacks and Sassy Succulents.  

I needed a masculine card for my dad's birthday, and I love the packages from the Short Stack set.  I didn't want to make him a card with tulips and a cupcake though, so I thought, why not add a couple of succulents.  So, I got out my Misti, put the clear stamp in it and taped off the tulips and cupcakes with repositionable tape.  I inked everything up, removed the tape and stamped the image onto some X-Press It cardstock. I have just two packages.  I was able to easily line up the two different succulent pots from the Sassy Succulent set and the end result is what you see above.

I thought the latest Hues to Use it colors were perfect for a masculine card, so I worked with those colors and used some perfect dp from Simple Stories to highlight it.

That's it for my project today.  Be sure to check out what the following Bloom Brigaders have to share though...they are always fabulous at inspiring creativity!!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker---you are here

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Thank you so much for dropping by!!

  Happy Stamping!

StampsShort Stacks, Sassy Succulents (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Rad (Simple Stories)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Dies:  Nesting Postage Stamps Infinity Dies (Hero Arts)
Accessories:  Copics

Monday, August 28, 2017

Anni~Verve~sary Blog Hop with Cake and Candles

Welcome back to Day 5 of the Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hops!  It's an exciting day as there's new Verve in the store this morning! 4 beautiful new sets and 2 coordinating die sets just released and they're all available to order right now. To celebrate this special 10th Anni-VERVE-sary release, we're putting on another blog hop, with a pretty cool prize!

I'm super excited to share the card I made today using Verve's new set called Cake and Candles!!  I knew as soon as I saw the "Happy Cake and Candles" sentiment, that I was going to try something I have wanted to for quite some time.  I just needed the right image.

I bought a Chibi Lights kit quite awhile back and never got around to using it....until today that is!!  It was super easy too.  I used the "Light up Interactive Card" tutorial by Jennifer McGuire and it came together perfectly. mishaps.  And for me...that is seriously rare!!

In this close up, you can see the candle lighting up with a push on the sentiment.  Isn't that just super fun?  And the background was just as easy.  I just sprayed some Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron Distress spray Stain onto my craft mat, and added some spritzes of water to it.  I then laid some cardstock over the ink and voila...a beautiful splotchy background!!  This card was so easy and super fun!!!

That about sums up my project for today's hop.
So, want to win some shiny new Verve? Today's prize is a BIG one. We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win our ENTIRE new release! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! 

Little OnesLittle Ones Die Set
Bloom BrighterBlooming Die Set
Cake and CandlesScripture Medley 5

Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

Day 5 Hop List

1. Julee9. Lesley
2. Maureen10. Christyne
3. Betty11. Laurie
4. Charmaine12. Kelly (Guest)
5. Marisa13. Laurie W. (Alumni)
6. Amy S.(Alumni)14. Tosha L. (Alumni)---you are here
7. Amy K.(Alumni)15. Tiffany S.(Alumni)
8. Michelle W. (Alumni)

Thank you so much for dropping by and for sharing your kind comments!  You are a blessing!!

  Happy Stamping!

StampsCake and Candles (Verve)
Paper:   White (PTI), Vellum
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Dies:  Classic Square, Lacey Square (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron (Distress Spray Stain), Chibi Lights kit, Dimensional Tap

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Cake and Candles ~ Verve Anniversary Hop

Welcome to Day 3 of the Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hops!  It's time for another day of spotlighting the Verve release with the Verve Divas and special guests! I am super excited to be guest designing for Verve to help celebrate it's 10 year Anniversary.  How awesome is that.  I had the privilege of being on the Verve Design Team from 2009-2012, and it was seriously an honor.  

Today we're sharing our first projects featuring the Cake and Candles stamp set, another fusion of old and new. This birthday themed compilation includes some brand new birthday sentiments with a classy modern font pairing, as well as a few re-introductions of previous sentiments and plain janes.

I decided to go a bit vintage with the cupcake in this set.  I stamped the cupcake with Gray Flannel Memento Ink, onto X-Press It cardstock and colored it with Copics.  I cut it out and burnished it to give it some texture and dimension, and popped it up on some Rossi Belle Prima Cardstock.

Below is a close up so you can see the dimension of the cupcake a bit better.  If you click on the photo, you can see how the frosting is puffed up, and the cupcake wrapper is pleated.

That's it for my project today.
Everything previewed this week will be available to order in the Verve online store on Monday, August 28. If you just can't wait, you can pre-order the entire release now as the August 2017 Buy it All Bundle at a 30% discount through August 27.

If you haven't already, check out today's hop list.  You won't want to miss a stop!!

Day 3 Hop List

1. Julee7. Lesley
2. Maureen8. Christyne
3. Betty9. Laurie
4. Charmaine10. Kelly (Guest)
5. Marisa11. Michelle W. (Alumni)
6. Tosha L.(Alumni)---you are here 

Thanks a bunch for dropping by!!  I hope you are enjoying the Verve previews!!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Luminous Bouquet ~ Power Poppy

Hello, hello, hello creative peeps!!  It's FRIDAY!!!!  And that means I get to share my latest Power Poppy creation with you!  I had a super fun time playing with Power Poppy's Digital set called Luminous Bouquet.  It has a stunning Japanese Poppy as its centerpiece and is beautifully enhanced by clusters of Hydrangea petals, Clemanits and Oxalis leaves.

I started by opening a blank page in Photoshop and added the image to the three corners.  But, when I wanted to add the sentiment, it didn't fit right.  So, I thought, why not manipulate it.  It's really easy and if you're interested in knowing how I did it, check out the Power Poppy Blog Sept. 4 for a tutorial.

I've included a closeup below so you can see the sparkle (that I added using a Quickie Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds (SU!) glitter), and the distressed background.  I achieved that by laying the Speckles stencil (Tim Holtz) over the colored portion, and, with a cotton ball, I dabbed Colorless Blending Solution over it. I colored the flowers AFTER distressing my background.

That sums up my project for now.  For some more inspiration, check out the following Bloom Brigade Blogs:

Christine Okken
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims

Tosha Leyendekker---you are here

Thanks a bunch for dropping by!  I hope you had a great week, and that your weekend is even better!

Happy Stamping!  

StampsLuminous Bouquet (Power Poppy Digital)
Paper:  Xpress-It
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  Stitched Squares (The Ton), Fleur De Square and 6x6 Matting Basics (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Copic Blending Solution, Speckles Stencil (Tim Holtz), Quickie Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (SU!) 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Mix and Match ~ Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge
Happy Friday!!!  I hope y'all are ready for a new Power Poppy Power and Spark challenge!  I thought it would be fun to "Mix and Match" some Power Poppy stamp sets this month!!  All you have to do is use at least two different Power Poppy stamp sets on your project.  It could be two clear sets, two digital sets, or if you're feeling really adventurous, use digital and clear!  What!?!?!?  If you only have one Power Poppy set, please don't let that stop you from participating.  Just use it along with whatever else you have.  Or you could just quick purchase a digital set.  It's really quick and easy to do.

Anyway...on to my project.  I combined two Christmas themed digital sets:  Hollyberries and Wreath: Felt Leaves and Fruit.  There is also a Holly image in the clear set called Holly Golightly, but I wanted my image larger and with digital images, I can make them as large as I want.

I started by creating my background with the Hollyberries set in Photoshop.  I printed it out and diecut it using Stitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse).  I then printed out the Wreath: Felt Leaves and Fruit set separately.

Everything was colored with Copics, and I added a bit of sparkle to the white pom-poms.  Below is a close up so you can see the sparkle better.

For all the details, and how you can participate in this month's Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge, be sure to check out the Power Poppy blog.  We'd love to see how you "Mix it Up"!

And for some more inspirational Power Poppy projects, check out the following Bloom Brigade Blogs:

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker---you are here

Copics:  Holly Leaves ~ G29, G46, G43, G20, YG01 Holly Berries ~ R39, R37, R35  Felt Leaves G07, YG07, YG01 Felt Pom-Poms ~ T2 Felt Berries ~ R39, R37, R35 Felt Branch ~ E47, E44, E43

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fantastic weekend!!
  Happy Stamping!!!

Paper:  X-Press It, Kraft (PTI)
Ink:  Printer, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle (Waltzingmouse), Hoop It Up (Jillian Vance Design)
Accessories:  Copics, Black Stitched Ribbon (SU!), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (SU!), Quickie Glue Pen

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Under the Glass ~ Power Poppy!!  It's finally here!!  All the Power Poppy Abundance stamp sets are available for purchase!!  Do you have a favorite?  I honestly don't think I could choose one.  Today's preview is called Under the Glass, and it has a variety of vignettes to go under a cloche.  You name an occasion, Marcy has something for it.  I chose the ocean vignette.  Don't you just love that pot and starfish with the coral and sweet little shell?  It couldn't be any more charming!!

Everything was colored with Copics and I added a diecut "fishnet" to the background.

CopicsPot ~ B02, B00, B000, E55, E53, E51 Starfish ~ R08, R14, R05, R02, R29, Y17 Coral ~ Y06, R02 Seashell ~ E53, E51, E50, R02, T4 Sand ~ E50, E51, E53, T4, T2 Cloche ~ BG10, BG11

Check this out...
Power Poppy is having a promotion that you are just going to love!!

Thank you so much for stopping by.  And, thank you too for all your kind, encouraging comments.  
I hope you have a fantastic week filled with many blessings!!

  Happy Stamping!


StampsUnder the Glass (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Kraft (PTI), Island Escape (Kaisercrat)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Dies:  Classic Square (Spellbinders), Texture Netting (Kaisercraft DIY Cuts), Stitched Oval Word Window (Die-namics)
Accessories:  Copics, Embossing Folder (Tim Holtz Alterations), Sequins, Burlap String 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Dahlia Framed ~ Power Poppy
Hello my dear creative friends!!!  Have you been enjoying the previews of the new Power Poppy clear stamp sets?  Oh my how I've loved seeing what the DT is doing with all these new images.  These gals are so super creative and talented!!  

Today we are featuring an incredible set called Dahlia XL And believe me...this baby is huge!  In an incredible way!  It's about 5"x5".  You can use the whole image, or just parts of it so really, you can make your project whatever size you want.

I really stepped outside of my box this time.  I decided to try my hand at "no-line" coloring for only the second time (If you don't count the Copic Coloring class I took awhile back).  I started by stamping the image with Tattered Rose Ranger Distress Ink, and colored it with my copics.  I really struggle with wanting to blend every line seamlessly, so this time, I let some boldness show through.  And I have to say, the more I look at it, the more I like it.  It's still growing on me though.

Below is a close-up so you can see the background a bit better.  IRL it's much more visible.  I just colored it with T1, and T0 before coloring the Dahlia, and used an old rag with some blending solution on it.

After coloring the Dahlia, I burnished it for some texture.  It's way more obvious in person.  

Below is a photo of where I have the image displayed.  I like the rustic feel of it.

Once again, that's it for my post today.  If you haven't already, check out the following Bloom Brigaders' blogs.  You won't want to miss a stop, let me tell ya!!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker---you are here
Power Poppy

Copics: Dahlia ~ R02, R01, R00, R000, R0000, E07, Dahlia Center ~ YR27, YR24, YR21, Y18, Background ~ T1, T0

The release is tomorrow y'all!!  And we still have one more...out-of-this-world set to share with you.  Truly, this one is incredible!!  I can't wait for you to see it!!  And.........there is going to be a super sweet promotion that you will want to get in on for sure!! 

Happy Stamping!

StampsDahlia XL (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Smokey Shadow
Ink:  Tattered Rose (Ranger Distress) 
Accessories:  Copics, Frame (Hobby Lobby), Burlap, Copic Blending Solution 
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